Undercover cops, CCTV cameras used to detect violators

By Easwaran Rutnam

Undercover cops and CCTV cameras are being used to detect violators of the quarantine laws enforced around the country, the Police said today.

Senior Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Ajith Rohana told reporters today that the quarantine laws and curfew are being strictly enforced.

He said that legal backing for the curfew has also been obtained from the Gampaha Magistrate so no one can now question it.

DIG Ajith Rohana said that the quarantine laws have not been fully respected in Colombo from the time some travel restrictions were relaxed on Monday.

He said that from tomorrow (Wednesday) the Police will get tough with those violating the laws.

Ajith Rohana said that there are over 100 CCTV cameras operational in Colombo which will be used to detect anyone failing to adhere to the regulation.

He also said that Police officers dressed in civilian clothing are moving around the country to detect anyone failing to respect the quarantine laws.

Ajith Rohana said that legal action will be taken against all those currently in custody, since curfew was declared in March.

The DIG also said that while guidelines issued by the Police for the public must be strictly followed, in some instances the Police will be lenient if there is a valid reason. For instance, he clarified that anyone travelling to work can be accompanied by a driver, if required. However, the driver will be questioned by the Police to verify if he actually did drop a person in an office. (Colombo Gazette)

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